New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday highlighted the significance of Indian democracy and said the roots of democracy have been strong in the country since ancient times. He went on to say that the root is so strong that not even the British or Mughal rulers were able to diminish the republican and democratic values of its society.

He said this while addressing an event at the Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida. He went on to add that the country’s culture, civilization and spiritual knowledge are very old.

“People from around the world come to this ‘devbhoomi’ to learn about the human values and brotherhood,” he added. He also observed that the roots of democracy have been strong since ancient times.

Remembering the time when the country struggled for freedom, he said the freedom fighters had effectively used media for inspiring people. He also said that in a democracy, media plays a vital role in the dissemination of information to the people.

“For a healthy democracy, it is necessary that media is independent and accountable in its functioning,” the Lok Sabha speaker noted.